Fall is here and that means it’s boot season! We love sandal season as much as you do — who doesn’t adore a fab pair of lace-up sandals or sexy slides? But it’s time to talk boots. From cute ankle boots with your favorite leggings to a pair of chic knee-high boots that look great with everything from short skirts to skinny jeans, we’re taking a look at which boot work best with different styles and for different occasions. It’s ankle boots vs. knee-high boots!
Ankle Boots and Booties
Booties and ankle boots sit just at, slightly below or slightly above ankle-height and are one of the hottest trends in footwear. There are dozens of styles to choose from including sassy little flats ideal for running errands on a Saturday afternoon to sophisticated heels to wear with skirts.
Ankle boots look fantastic with jeans and leggings, creating a visually interesting line from hip to toe. Opt for a stylish ankle boot with a two-inch heel to add length to your look as well. Cute ankle boots with embellishments like buckles, embroidery or metalwork add a bit of style to an outfit when worn with solid color leggings or a pair of plain skinny jeans.
If wearing an ankle boot with a skirt, be wary of the skirt’s length. Avoid hemlines that hit mid-calf or just cover the knee. Hemlines of this length when paired with an ankle boot can make your legs seem short. A pair of black tights worn with black ankle boots and a skirt that sits just above the knee creates a beautiful line and a great outfit for work or play.
Another option is to combine a darker pair of skinny jeans or leggings with a neutral color ankle boot or bootie. Wear your boyfriend jeans with ankle boots as well — they were practically made to be worn with a great pair of ankle boots that have an eye-catching side buckle and three-inch heel. Cuff those boyfriend jeans to show off your amazing ankle boots, toss on your favorite tee and accessorize with a great statement necklace.
Knee-high boots are a classic rise boot available in many varieties, each different enough to give an outfit a unique look. Don a pair of funky blue cowboy boots with your favorite skinny jeans and you’ve got a casual look ideal for shopping. Change into a pair of luxurious black leather knee-high boots with a slim heel and you’re ready for a night out.
Fit tip: Knee-high boots or mid-rise boots should never gape at the top. The boot should fit snug, while still feeling comfortable. A curvy calf may feel most comfortable in a boot that zips or one with a more slouchy style versus fitted.
When wearing rugged knee-high boots with jeans or leggings, add a pair of chunky boot socks to prevent any gapping at the top. This is a cozy, fun look ideal for the cooler temps of fall and it’ll keep you warm when the winter freeze hits.
Sleek knee-high boots with heels look beautiful when worn with skirts, dresses and various business wear. For the most flattering look, choose a hemline that just brushes the knee or falls just above. In the fall and winter, pair a skirt with contrasting tights and a chic pair of knee-high boots. Another option is to where your leather knee-high boots with boot-cut jeans so just the heel and toe peek out for a sophisticated look that never goes out of style.
What About Over-the-knee and Mid-Calf Boots?
Both over-the-knee and mid-calf style boots offer unique looks, but in general, both the ankle boot and classic knee-high boot give you more versatility with your wardrobe. However, a fabulous over-the-knee boot will turn heads when worn with tights, leggings and your best skinny jean. If opting for a mid-calf boot, remember that you’ll create a longer looking leg if your legging color is the same as or similar to your boot color.
Boots are a must-have for any wardrobe and super-easy to wear for any occasion. Have fun and try different looks this boot season. Get bold and coordinate your boots with a new sophisticated hair color.
We’re offering a special buy 1, get 1 50% for all hair care and hair color products throughout September as well as $10 off any full size ION styling tool, so what you save on hair care products you can put towards that new pair of boots.